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Community Photo of the Week: Supernova

on July 27, 2011

Oakland North is continuing with our feature. Every Wednesday, we will publish a photo submitted by one of our readers. This week’s photo is by Conrad Jung, an astronomer at the Chabot Space and Science Center.

The photo on the left was taken in 2009 of the Whirlpool Galaxy, which is approximately 25 million light-years from Earth, is moving away from Earth at about 400 miles per second, and is located in the constellation Canes Venatici, near the Big Dipper.

Jung took the photo on the right of a supernova in the Whirlpool Galaxy, which is highlighted, with a 36-inch reflector telescope at the science center July 8. The public can view the Whirlpool Galaxy through the science center’s telescope for free on Friday and Saturday evenings, weather permitting.

If you’d like to contribute to “community photo of the week,” just send a favorite photograph taken in Oakland to with the subject: PHOTO. Please make all photographs large-sized and in jpeg format.


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